Project Service:

Studies & Policy Advice

Service duration: June 2007 – April 2008
The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development assigned s.Pro the responsibility to develop a transnational report and recommendations for spatial planning in marine and coastal areas. As a result the PlanCoast Handbook on Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning (April 2008) was published.
Furthermore, to promote project policy outputs, s.Pro was contacted for the organization of an international conference on climate change implications for marine spatial planning.

s.Pro tasks comprised:
  • Screening of national reports of PlanCoast member countries
  • Analysis of background documents
  • Workshops during PlanCoast study tours
  • Travel to pilot project areas, interviews, communication with partners
  • On this basis, development of the PlanCoast Handbook on Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning
  • Design and input to multimedia short version of the PlanCoast Handbook
  • Organisation of the 4th international PlanCoast Conference in Berlin in November 2007 with a focus on climate change implications for marine spatial planning
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€ 2 M
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PlanCoast was an INTERREG IIIB CADSES project with the aim to develop the tools and capacities for an effective integrated planning in coastal zones and maritime areas in the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea regions.

  • Introduced the new instrument Maritime Spatial Planning
  • Linked Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and Maritime Spatial Planning with the processes of statutory spatial planning in a selected number of pilot projects
  • Spread the use of modern geographical information systems (GIS) for effective transnational planning
  • Contributed to the creation and implementation of EU policy on coastal zones and maritime areas, such as the Green Book and Blue Book, and led to the creation of numerous national laws and strategies

PlanCoast had 16 partners representing the spatial planning departments or responsible regional authorities from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine. 

Results of the PlanCoast project are summarised in the PlanCoast Handbook on Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning.